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New Nutrient Content Information Now Online

Posted by Wendy Shaw, Branch Chief, Information & Customer Service, National Agricultural Library in Food and Nutrition Research and Science
Jul 29, 2021
A shopper checks the FNIC website for the nutrient content of vegetables
A shopper checks the FNIC website for the nutrient content of vegetables.

Have you ever wanted to view food sources of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in your diet? The National Agricultural Library’s Food and Nutrition Information Center now houses 36 tables of foods according to their nutrient content. The tables are available for vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and macronutrients and are listed in household measure from the highest to lowest in nutrient content. For those with accessibility needs, a CSV format is also available.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, SR Legacy (PDF, 174 KB) contains data on 7,793 food items and up to 150 food components and serves as the basis for the 36 individual nutrient lists now hosted on Food and Nutrition Information Center website. These lists can be found in the Food Composition section of the website and are grouped by the nutrient’s contribution to the human body: macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fiber, fats and cholesterol, water), phytonutrients (i.e., lycopenes), and vitamins and minerals. For people who would like to consume a food source rather than a dietary supplement to increase their intake of, for example, Lutein and Zeaxanthin, an eight-page list of food sources is available in the Phytonutrient group. For a simple list of high calorie vs. low calorie foods, a Total Kilocalories list is available in the Macronutrient group.

The next time you would like to search for a good food source of potassium, vitamin D or leucine, for example, visit the Food and Nutrition Information Center to find out which food can offer a generous supply. Alternatively, if you’re trying to reduce your intake of cholesterol or sodium, you can now view the website’s nutrient content lists to minimize your intake. As Francis Bacon once said, “Knowledge is power.”

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Pat Oldham
Nov 24, 2019

Love this site but looking for sweet potatoes or yams in Texas this year . Was their a crop failure?

Gulrukhsar Jiwani
Aug 26, 2020

I understand I can print by nutrient or up to 3 nutrients; is there a way to get all nutrient info for Fresh Fruit group (ex. all varieties of apples, oranges, etc.)?

Ben Weaver
Aug 27, 2020

@Gulrukhsar Jiwani - thank you for your comment. The past Standard Reference for Nutrients Database (SR) had a function that allowed searching for 3 nutrients at a time. That function has been discontinued. The USDA blog post described the individual nutrient lists that were created from the last iteration of the SR which was in 2018 and posted on the website for the National Agricultural Library’s Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC). We were able to use the SR Legacy to create 36 lists of nutrient content in foods from high content to low content. To search for nutrients in fresh fruit the user would need to visit FoodData Central and input the specific fruit to find it’s nutrient content. The SR legacy (2018) is one of the 4 databases (foundation foods, branded foods, survey foods and SR) that can be searched in this way.

Roger J Reid
Dec 01, 2020

Where can I find USDA nutrition food values for every day use?

Charlene D. Long
Jul 15, 2021

I am looking for the complete nutritional content of specific foods. Please send me a link to a specific website for the complete nutritional content that can be searched by food, such as pistachios or apples, etc. Thank you.

Ben Weaver
Aug 12, 2021

@Charlene D. Long - thank you for your comment. The USDA manages a nutrient database called FoodData Central. This database is developed and supported by the Agricultural Research Service at USDA and provides information about food composition. With this database, you can search a food to see its nutrition content, including calories, fiber, vitamins, minerals, caffeine, and more. The FoodData Central website is available at this link: Please let us know if we can provide additional assistance.

John Flanery
Sep 01, 2021

The SR Legacy doesn't seem to have nutritional information on the leaves of fava bean plants; where could I find this information?

Ben Weaver
Sep 14, 2021

@John Flanery - thank you for your comment. The database does not have nutritional information on the leaves of fava bean plants. We recommend searching published data in a scientific journal as a place to start.